New Law Would Ban Marijuana Purchases Using EBT

How many ways are there to say “YES” in response to my support for this bill?? I would say them all!

Massachusetts lawmaker has proposed a bill that will ban the use of an EBT card to purchase recreational marijuana. Meaning that they would not use their state issued food stamps to pay for drugs. Just like you aren’t supposed to be able to buy tobacco or alcohol with it.

 

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The state voted to legalize weed in November 2016 for recreational use. However, the kinks and regulations have not been fully worked out yet.

Republican state Rep. Shaunna O’Connell wants to fix that problem and has proposed a bill that would place marijuana next to alcohol and tobacco on the list of things you can’t buy with EBT cards in Massachusetts.

“I want to be proactive in protecting funds for people who really need them and protecting taxpayers’ dollars,” O’Connell said. “We always want to be proactive to close these loopholes and stop fraud and abuse because these are important programs that help people.”

O’Connell’s bill would focus entirely on recreational marijuana, meaning that people with medical marijuana prescriptions will be able to use EBT funds to purchase their medicine.

“We recognize that people are prescribed medical marijuana. They can use their money for other prescriptions, (so) that one should be no different,” she said, according to the Boston Herald. “But when it comes to recreational, that’s a different story. It’s akin to someone buying alcohol or cigarettes or some other item that isn’t considered a necessity. We know that there is only so much assistance to go around, we want to help people in need, we want to make sure that that money is being used appropriately.”

O’Connell said she doesn’t believe the bill will face much opposition once it gets to a vote.

“I have not heard from anyone yet that opposes this, and I am glad; I think that’s a good sign. I’m not sure what kind of opposition there could possibly be,” she explained. “Because in the law right now we already have prohibited items that are similar to this, so it really just makes sense, now that it’s legal. This is a great opportunity to let everyone know that hey, we recognize this could be a problem, we’re being proactive, and we’re going to do something about it now.”

No one should oppose the bill! If you are dependent on the government for welfare, including housing and food, then you do not get to use that money to live a luxurious life, supported by taxpayers. Point blank!

I used to work at a gas station, and people would come in and spend several hundred dollars on lottery and lotto machines, buy cigarillos to put their weed in, and then they would use their EBT card for sodas and candy. I would get so mad because I couldn’t turn them away, yet I had to watch them use money that they trick the government for, to buy sugary junk food, while they throw hundreds in cash down the drain.

My had earned money us not meant to support defendants with gambling and drug addictions!

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